Monday, September 19, 2011

Red-throated hummingbird

Red-throated hummingbird by andiwolfe
Red-throated hummingbird, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.
I spent some time in Georgia over the past few days. My hosts in Barnesville (Fred and Kendall Morris) have hummingbird feeders at a few places on the porch or deck. This time of year the hummers are stocking up for their migration south. There were dozens of hummers going to the feeder in a frenzy of activity.

To properly photograph hummingbirds, a strobe and a fast shutter speed is necessary. However, I like the impressionistic look of this photo, which was done with a strobe, but at a slow shutter speed to get the motion blur of the wings and body whilst the head is still.

Feeding frenzy

Aerial ballet

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